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Big John's Salvage is a location in the Commonwealth in 2287.


This area includes a shop, salvage yard, and family home owned by John Miller before the war.


The location has been transformed to include platforms and walkways between the vehicles, containers, and structures. It appears that previously, a battle was fought here between super mutants and raiders, with the former coming out on top and claiming residency.

Inside the toppled blue train carriage beyond the wire fence just north of the house is a hatch leading to a bunker. To open the hatch, follow the wires leading from it to a circuit breaker just north of the hardware store and activate it. The bunker is the broadcast location for the Miller family radio signal, and the remains of its residents can be found inside.[1] The bunker contains Big John's safe key, which can be used to open the Master-locked safe on the second floor of the nearby house next to John Miller's terminal and the Advanced-locked safe under the register at the front desk of the hardware store.

Notable loot

  • Railway rifle - Inside the bunker. The rifle respawns as soon as the location itself resets.
  • Big John's safe key - Inside the bunker, next to or lying on the floor behind the radio.
  • Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor issue #1 - Inside the caravan perched atop the containers in the west central section of the salvage yard, on the small table with the lantern adjacent to a steamer trunk.
  • Mini nuke - Inside the same caravan as the perk magazine, in an open refrigerator.
  • Super mutant arm guards - Inside the same caravan as the perk magazine, next to the open refrigerator.
  • Fusion core - Just south of the caravan with the perk magazine, in or near a small wooden structure at ground level with an ammo box and duffle bag.
  • Bottlecap mine - On the top floor of the hardware store, on a table.
  • Power armor frame - To the south of the salvage yard, near the scaffolding of an unmarked destroyed military checkpoint with a patrolling Mr. Gutsy.
  • Suicide note - To the west of the salvage yard, next to a skeleton.

Related quests


  • Once the Brotherhood of Steel arrives in the Commonwealth, a battle may take place between them and the resident super mutants.
  • After completing the main game, a squad of the Sole Survivor's chosen faction will be present at the military checkpoint down the road.


Big John's Salvage appears only in Fallout 4, and is mentioned in Fallout: Wasteland Warfare.


  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Xbox OneXbox One The bunker may become sealed again after exit. The circuit breaker will have already been switched on, so there will be no way to enter the bunker besides using the console.[verified]
    • On PC, the console command coc BigJohnsSalvage01 will teleport the player character into the bunker.
  • PCPC Playstation 4Playstation 4 Switching the circuit breaker on before attempting to open the bunker could cause the glitch mentioned above, but before actually entering for the first time. [verified]
    • Reloading the game to a point before activating the circuit breaker then attempting to open the bunker first before activating the breaker may solve this issue.



  1. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p.372: "[6.09] BIG JOHN'S SALVAGE
    The Miller family home by the road is in ruins, with corpses of Raiders strewn about. Upstairs is John Miller’s terminal and his safe (Master). The hardware store offers a back room (Novice) and counter safe (Advanced). Stairs leading up to a makeshift lookout shack with a button moving two rusty vehicles allow access from the road. The salvage yard has numerous rickety walkways and rusting vehicles to inspect, including a bus with a safe (Advanced). There’s also some makeshift ramps up to a trailer with a trunk and magazine to pilfer. Climb up a fridge and drop into a long blue container to reach a shelter trapdoor. It is sealed; follow the black electrical wire to a circuit breaker on a generator by the lookout hut and activate it. The shelter has a key to open the safes, revealing evidence of what happened to the Millers."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)